When you’re going it alone, you need help. Support from your biz BFFs.  Assistance from a VA. And use of the right tools – let’s face it, you don’t have time to test out a bunch of tools, or to research ALL the things that you need. And sometimes, a little knowledge can go a loooooong way.

Which is why I’m so excited that One Woman Shop has brought back my yearly favorite purchase –

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Staying consistent with your blogging is hard if you’re not planning your blogging days down on your calendar. Personally, I like planners that are beautiful as well as functional so I put together a round up of my favorite online printable planners to help you stay on top of your blogging:

Free Printable Blog Planner by A Well Crafted Party:

This printable blog freebie comes with FORTY-ONE pages including an affiliate program tracker,

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Oh, hey it’s a new month! It’s been a couple months since I decided to open up and share my intentions, and I’m so pleased I did. I’ve been hearing such wonderful things from all of you on what you’re working on, creating, and what you dream of creating.

Your business needs big dreams. Intentions will help get you there.

How I did In July

We’re going to call July a success.

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You had a plan – maybe even a great plan. But then something happens.

A big new client. A sick kid. A spontaneous holiday (isn’t that why you started a business anyway? For the freedom to do these things?) Maybe you simply forgot – life is hectic as an entrepreneur, after all.

It’s okay. Repeat after me: It is okay to get behind. It is okay to not meet my business goals.

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Setting my monthly business intentions is easily becoming one of my most enjoyable tasks. In fact, I’m going to recommend it to ALL of my clients.  Curious why? Here’s three reasons why you should be doing it.

It sets the energy for the month.

I’m a big believer in actively setting the energy you want to experience. (If you’re not sure where to start with this, see The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte or Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffeld-Thomas.) Taking a moment to consider what I want to experience and how I want to experience it,

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Here’s a question I get asked a lot: how do I know who I should be working with to help me achieve my goals?

Well, there’s no easy formula to figure out if someone’s the best choice. Some of it will be personality – if you mesh with them, if you mesh with their methods, etc. But more of it will be as Marie Forleo says figureoutable. If you’re thinking about working with someone,

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A few months ago, I stumbled across Emily Finta’s Blog, Business, and Life Goals – and loved it. It’s one thing to create your goals – and another to publicly share them with the world.

I’m finally coming around to starting this tradition – with a little spin, of course.

June Business Intentions
Main Intention: Put a little spirit back into my biz

You set your intentions and manifestations about life,

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I run my business from my phone. Seriously. In a dark room, with a baby sleeping on my lap.

See, the thing they don’t tell you about newborns is that like a business, each one is different. Each needs new things, and a different strategy. Mine? Well, the best strategy I’ve figured out is to keep him sleeping on my lap, and work around him. See, if he doesn’t get enough sleep, he gets night terrors.

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One of the truths we get told about running a business is that we have to hustle. We have to work long hours. We have to be stressed. I read at least a blog a day that says “If you’re just starting your business, you have to hustle. If you want clients, you have to hustle.”

Here’s a news flash: you do not need to sacrifice your everything to succeed in your business.

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Today’s consumers are savvy. They know when they’re being sold to, and most of them are tired of the glut of advertisements and marketing gimmicks that they’ve been exposed to. Consumers often feel like they’re nothing more than walking dollar signs to companies, and that’s something you definitely don’t want to continue.

So how do you cut through the noise of traditional marketing and the disenchantment facing consumers to connect with your target audience and convert them to paying customers?

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